Retirement Villages oversight changes

The Retirement Commissioner has monitoring, information and education functions relating to retirement villages legislation, which also includes administering the disputes process. From 1 April 2015, the Commission has brought  back in-house the information and education functions previously delegated to the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment so that the Commission can communicate directly with stakeholders…

Children’s Action Plan – Update

The latest Newsletter from the Children’s Action Plan Team aims to keep you up to date on the government’s drive to improve outcomes for vulnerable children. This edition features Social Development Minister Anne Tolley launch of two new guidelines Safer recruitment safer children and Safer organisations Safer children, examples of how children’s teams are helping children and their families, and an update…

The Damage High Pay Packages Do

…by encouraging “executives to take more risks than before by cutting costs and holding investment in innovation or productivity down, in order to bolster short-term profits and the company share price, to the serious detriment of the overall economy.” The UK High Pay Centre report recently released looks at the perverse incentives created by the…

SSPA National Seminar Series April – June 2015

Linking Knowledge, Practice and Action Social Service Providers Aotearoa (SSPA) is holding workshops in five key centres on child poverty and the social services. Associate Professor Mike O’Brien will faciitate at each workshop along with a local practitioner. Mike is an academic and has written widely on social policy, child poverty and welfare and social work and…

Dementia Friendly Communities

Creating age-friendly communities is one vital step for our future wellbeing and Alzheimers NZ has shared a great new resource from Alzheimers Disease International. They have released a new Dementia Friendly Communities Resource booklet. This booklet contains information on Dementia Friendly Communities projects from countries and regions across the world, highlighting six key areas of…

Social Housing – show me the houses?

‘We hope to have more social housing but we still don’t know how’ could be a fair summary of recent announcements about the Government’s intentions for social housing. NZCCSS believes that we need a clear public commitment from the Government to ensure there are thousands more social housing units available as soon as possible to…

IMF, Unions & Rise of Inequality

On the day that new NZ laws come into effect that further reduce workers rights, the IMF (yes, this is not a typo – International Monetary Fund – that notorious hotbed of unionism!?) releases a report telling us how important unions are in reducing inequality!! According to the IMF’s study, “the decline in unionization is…

NZCCSS says ‘No’ to AISA

NZCCSS has said ‘No’ to a request to join an information sharing agreement for Children’s Teams working with vulnerable children. NZCCSS believes that changes to the Privacy Act is a better way to deal with the privacy for those children. Children’s Teams are the new way of working with vulnerable children. These Teams are being…

Is C-minus good Enough?

A quick overview of the latest Salvation Army State of the Nation Report  shows more thumbs up symbols than thumbs down. Does this mean things are getting better for the most vulnerable in our country? In vital areas like housing, child poverty and family violence, the answer is ‘not really’. When an improvement is from…

Te Piringa Strategic Alliance

Te Kāhui Atawhai o te Motu (TKAM) and the New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) formalising a Strategic Alliance between the two organisations. This signing occurred at the AGM of NZCCSS on 19 November 2014. The MoU states that TKAM and NZCCSS: … agree that working…

Pokie Machine Gambling Law Changes

Making Pokie Trusts More Accountable to Their Communities Gambling is one of those the many pressures and issues the people face that NZCCSS member agencies work beside. We are regularly receiving reports from around the country about the hardships that are compounded by addictive pokie machine gambling. The latest gambling legislation, Gambling Amendment Bill (No.3),…